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I started accepting yarn donations to create more community connections though knitting. Reaching out to senior citizens has been on my to-do list for a long time but I had neither a good project for a start nor resources to support it. With the donated yarn and blanket squares piling up in my bedroom craftroom, it’s time to move it to the next level and involve more people. Soon I will be visiting a local retirement residence that has a weekly knitting class to promote the blankets for the Phoenix youth shelter project. According to my liaison Susan, the Recreation Coordinator at the residence, “Sisters and clients often make hats and scarves for the Out of the Cold Shelter, and hats and mittens for children.” She also said that she might have a blanket for the Phoenix Youth House that was completed by one of the Sisters who is looking to donate it to a place that would benefit from it.

And I won’t come empty-handed either.

Yarn Donations 1

This gorgeous selection of 100% wool was donated by¬†Lee Serieys — thank you. I have almost as much acrylic yarn for blanket squares donated by two other knitters but it’s not as photogenic so you have to take my word for it. The wool is bulky weight and will make quick knits for hats and mittens. It was made by Condon’s Yarns (Charlottetown, P.E.I.), the company that is no longer in business. I knit up a swatch with 5 mm needles and it created nice dense fabric but I found knitting to be a little hard on the hands. Then I tried 6.5 mm needles and the fabric seemed to have more drape but was also more open. I am thrilled to see what comes out of it.

Yarn Donations 2

The owner of wool was moving and didn’t have room for it but she wanted to donate it for a good cause. Her daughter-in-law contacted me and we arranged the drop-off and pick-up through Dartmouth Yarns. When I asked her how she had found me, she replied “I Googled ‘yarn donations in Halifax'”. So just in case other people want to find out where to donate yarn in Halifax, the answer is here. My email is halifaxknitter@yahoo.com.

I hope to get yarn that is soft, clean, doesn’t smell funny, and in colours that won’t hurt your eyes. Both wool and acrylic are fine. The new life of unwanted/unused yarn will look like this — knitters (or their relatives) donate yarn, I find good people who would knit it into items that will be later donated to the local charities. I would also offer my services as a delivery… ahem, girl for a chance to photograph the knitted items and ensure they are finding their new owners fast.

Now I am going to hit “Publish” button and see what happens next.

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